ITRS
About ITRS
John Dill of Yosemite Search and Rescue originally conceived of the idea for a symposium dedicated exclusively to technical rescue, where ideas, practices and experiences could be shared in the spirit of advancing rescue methodology.

To bring this idea to fruition, an organization was sought to sponsor the symposium and back it financially. At the time, Steve Hudson of Pigeon Mountain Industries was a member of the NASAR Board of Directors and was instrumental in NASAR (National Association for Search And Rescue) becoming the first sponsor of NATRS (North American Technical Rescue Symposium).

In 1998, NASAR opted to discontinue its sponsorship of NATRS. Steve Hudson then contacted Jim Frank, founder of CMC Rescue, and suggested that PMI and CMC Rescue become sponsors, to which both parties agreed. The name of the symposium was changed to the International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS) and was held in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1999.

Today, ITRS is proudly co-hosted by CMC and PMI. The annual symposium is open to anyone who registers – up to 150 presenters/attendees. Those who attend represent a broad spectrum of the technical rescue community including fire, mountain, cave, urban, industrial and swiftwater rescue. Presenters share their own research, testing, and field experience for the benefit of all to consider and apply, and the symposium size provides an ideal setting for active discussion and learning.
Best Presentations
2018 Winners
Most Enjoyable – Kelly Byrne

Most Practical
– Rocky Henderson and Dave Clarke

Most Thought Provoking – Tom Evans

Best New Research
– Zephyr Farouk

Best Paper
– Mike Forbes

Best Overall
(Steve Hudson Award) – Zephyr Farouk
2017 Winners
Most Practical Presentation – Lance Taysom

Best New Research – Landon Wright & John Salmon

Most Thought Provoking Presentation – Russell McCullar

Best Paper Provided
– Tom Evans

Steve Hudson Award
(most votes overall) – Russell McCullar
2016 Winners
Most Practical Presentation – Kirk Mauthner

Best New Research – Mike Forbes and Matt Hunt

Most Enjoyable Presentation
– Andrew Munoz

Most Thought-Provoking Presentation
– Chris Feder

Best Paper Provided
– Tom Evans and Sarah Truebe

Steve Hudson Award (most votes overall) – Kirk Mauthner
2015 Winners
Most Practical Presentation – Tom Evans / Sarah Truebe – A Review of Webbing Anchor Research

Best New Research – John Morton – What if Trees Had Ratings in kN? Tree Anchor "Ratings" Based on Wind Loading

Most Enjoyable Presentation – Majid Sabetzadeh – Search and Rescue in the Middle East

Most Thought-Provoking Presentation
– Richard Delaney – Rescue Tripod Instability

Best Paper Provided
– Mike Forbes – The Sharp End of the Edge

Steve Hudson Award (most votes overall) – John Morton – What if Trees Had Ratings in kN? Tree Anchor "Ratings" Based on Wind Loading
2014 Winners
Most Practical Presentation – Roger and Amanada Mortimer – Specific Teaching Practices to Increase Learning in SAR Training

Best New Research – DJ Walker and Russell McCullar – Slow Pull Testing of Progress Capture Devices

Most Enjoyable Presentation – Mike Gibbs – Rigging for Rescue

Most Thought-Provoking Presentation – Kirk Mauthner – Moving Beyond 10:1 SSSF

Best Paper Provided – Tom Evans – Empirical Breaking Strengths of Single Prussiks of 4 Diameters on 11mm Static Rope

Steve Hudson Award (most votes overall) – Kirk Mauthner – Moving Beyond 10:1 SSSF
2013 Winners
Most Practical Presentation – Roger and Amanda Mortimer – Improving SAR Training

Best New Research
– Cory Jackson – The Alpine Near-Miss Survey

Most Enjoyable Presentation
– Allen Padgett and William "Buddy" Lane – A Complex Technical Rescue

Most Thought-Provoking Presentation – March Beverly and Stephen Attaway– Trackline Forces, Truth and Lore

Best Paper Provided
– March Beverly and Stephen Attaway– Trackline Forces, Truth and Lore

Best Overall Presentation
– March Beverly and Stephen Attaway– Trackline Forces, Truth and Lore
2012 Winners
Most Practical Presentation – Jeremy Metz – Scrub Oaks – Viable Anchor Source

Best New Research – Mike Gibbs – Multi-Point Anchor Systems

Most Enjoyable Presentation – John Dill – How Long Did Amelia Last?

Most Thought-Provoking Presentation – Kevin Dennis – Compatibility: Your Connection

Best Paper Provided
– Matt Jacobs – It's 2 am

Best Overall Presentation
– Mike Gibbs – Multi-Point Anchor Systems
2011 Winners
Most Practical Presentation – Garin Wallace – Carabiner Rigging for Dummies

Best New Research – Michael Callahan – Extended Care Medical Technologies

Most Enjoyable Presentation – Ken Phillips – IKAR 2011 – Air Rescue Report

Most Thought-Provoking Presentations – Billy Masterson and Cloud – The Device That Saved Us

Best Paper Provided – Roger Mortimer – Suspension Trauma Revisited

Best Overall Presentations – Roger Mortimer – Suspension Trauma Revisited
2010 Winners
Most Practical Presentation – Rick Weber- How to Determine Tree Strength & Build Tree Anchors

Best New Research – Lang, Borowski, Onorato – The Impact of Controlled Conditioning on Prusik Loop Strength

Most Enjoyable Presentation – Kelly M. Byrne – The Defenestration Sensation

Most Thought-Provoking Presentations – Jeremy Metz – Lessons Learned from Aurora Fire Dept. High Angle Rope Training Accident

Best Paper Provided – Shelia Huss – Liability in Search and Rescue

Best Overall Presentations – Kelly M. Byrne – The Defenestration Sensation
2009 Winners
Most Practical Presentation –Jeremy Metz Crew Resource Management

Best New Research – Richard Farnham, Tim Holden, Bill May Utility of Rescue Randy

Most Enjoyable Presentation – IKAR Team 2009 IKAR Congress

Most Thought-Provoking Presentations – Garin Wallace High Cycle Fatigue Tests

Best Paper Provided – Philip Spinelli & David C Pylman Drop Testing for Viability

Best Overall Presentations
– Mike Gibbs Parallel Plaquettes
2008 Winners
Best Overall Presentations – Beverly and Attaway – Ice Climbing Anchor System

Most Practical Presentation –Eady –NFPA – 1006 Technical Rescuer

Best New Research -Childs – EPRI – Rope Dielectric Test

Most Enjoyable PresentationRed Mtn. School Bus FTX – Rooker & Miller

Most Thought-Provoking Presentations – Smith – 3-D Rigging

Best Paper Provided – Beverly and Attaway – Ice Climbing Anchor System
2007 Winners
Most Practical Presentation – Mike Gibbs

Best New Research – Mike Gibbs

Most Enjoyable Presentation – Mike Gibbs

Most Thought-Provoking Presentations
– Jim Moss

Best Paper Provided – Charles Shimanski

Best Overall Presentations – Mike Gibbs
2006 Winners
Best Overall Presentations – Mike Gibbs

Most Practical Presentation – Mike Gibbs

Best New Research – Mark Beverly

Most Enjoyable Presentation – Ken Laidlaw

Most Thought-Provoking Presentations
– Tom Myer

Best Paper Provided
– Mike Gibbs
2004 Winners
Best Overall Presentations – Mark Denvir

Most Practical Presentation
– Mark Denvir

Best New Research – Mike Gibbs

Most Enjoyable Presentation – John McKently and Bruce Parker

Most Thought-Provoking Presentations – Tom Finch

Best Paper Provided – Eric Johnson
2003 Winners
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Not sure who got what but the checks were to: Jim Kovach, Mike Gibbs, Grant Pratley, Jeff Issac (2) and Peter Popall
2002 Winners
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Not sure who got what but the checks were to: Charley Shimanski, Art Fortini, Jeff Issac, Phillip Bishop and Steve Attaway
ITRS / NATRS History
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1985 NATRS
Fort Collins, CO –1st NATRS symposium
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1986 NATRS
Fort Collins, CO
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1987 NATRS
Fort Collins, CO
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1988 NATRS
Fort Collins, CO
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1989 NATRS
Portland, OR
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1990 NATRS
Salt Lake City, UT
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1991 NATRS­
Albuquerque, NM
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1992 NATRS
Estes Park, CO
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1993 NATRS
Snowbird, UT
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1994 NATRS
Phoenix, AZ
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1995 NATRS
Kelowna, BC
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1996 NATRS
Las Vegas, NV
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1997 NATRS
Long Beach, CA
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1998 NATRS
Charlotte, NC
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1999 ITRS
Fort Collins, CO – 1st ITRS symposium
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2000 ITRS
Tucson, AZ
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2001 ITRS
Denver, CO
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2002 ITRS
Denver, CO
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2003 ITRS
Salt Lake City, UT
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2004 ITRS
Albuquerque, NM
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2005 ITRS
Fort Collins, CO
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2006 ITRS
Denver, CO
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2007 ITRS
Denver, CO
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2008 ITRS
Albuquerque, NM
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2009 ITRS
Pueblo, CO
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2010 ITRS
– Denver, CO – Steve Hudson rec'd "Lifetime Contribution Award"
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2011 ITRS
Fort Collins, CO
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2012 ITRS
– Seattle, WA – John Dill & Tom Vines rec'd "Lifetime Contribution Award"
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2013 ITRS
Albuquerque, NM
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2014 ITRS
Denver, CO
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2015 ITRS
Portland, OR – Jim Frank rec'd "Lifetime Contribution Award"
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2016 ITRS
Albuquerque, NM – John McKently & Loui McCurley rec'd "Lifetime Contribution Award"
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2017 ITRS
Denver, CO (scheduled)